Cambodia’s leading industrial estate financed, built and equipped a library in a local primary school.
Phnom Penh, 15th February 2016 - On Saturday the 13th of February, a Phnom Penh SEZ team including top management gathered for the opening ceremony of a new library at Ang Boeng Chok Primary School, in Chum Teav Mao village.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Hem Darith, Posenchey district governor and Mr. Hiroshi Uematsu, CEO of Phnom Penh SEZ PLC.
In front of a crowd of 100 children, teachers and parents, Stephen Evans, owner representative of Phnom Penh SEZ explained the motivation behind the project: "I am very proud to be representing Phnom Penh SEZ at to hand over this new library. A library is far more than just a “room full of books”. This library is a place for the most important learning that a person can do – learning by discovery."
The library, which was completed on the 24th of January, will now open its doors to offer a place of recreation, reading and research for 407 kids of Ang Boeng Chok Primary School.
"Phnom Penh SEZ is not just a major local draw for employment of people leaving near the industrial park, it is also a large “physical place” in the local community. Phnom Penh SEZ actively engages with the community of Khan Posenchey, and over the past years we have undertaken significant projects that help to make this a better place to be," said Stephen Evans.
The library project with an investment of $12,000 is another in a series of social contributions made by the industrial estate. Since 2009, Phnom Penh SEZ has set up six projects of similar type, including developing garden areas, improving roads conditions and building new washroom facilities for several surrounding schools.
When the event came to a close, Hiroshi Uematsu, CEO of Phnom Penh SEZ PLC shared his positive impressions: "We are delighted to contribute to this kind of initiative, seeing all the kids smiling and happy makes it already a success and extremely rewarding. Phnom Penh SEZ seeks to be a better corporate citizen through our program of public works and we will keep working to better the life of surrounding communities as much as we can."